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Important Information

Where Can South Africans Travel in 2021?

COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns have placed significant limitations on where we can travel. While large parts of the world has opened up, South Africans were restricted again at the end of 2020 with the discovery of the South African variant of COVID.

Luckily as the vaccination drive ramps up across the world and in South Africa, we're able to visit more countries! Fully vaccinated South Africans who have been in South Africa for the past fourteen days can now travel to all of the below countries.

Fully Vaccinated South African Travellers

 

Austria

Entery Requirements: Fully vaccinated South Africans do not need to quarantine on arrival. More info here.

Visa: Visitors require a valid Schengen visa to enter.
Flights to VIE: Qatar Airways, Emirates, KLM, Air France & Swiss International Airlines

*Last updated 17 August 2021

 

Montenegro

Entry Requirements: Travellers who have been fully vaccinated 14 days prior to arrival are exempt from test requirements and quarantine.
Visa: The Serbian consulate in Pretoria issues their Schengen Visas. Holders of a valid multiple-entry visa issued by Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, or any Schengen member state, are reportedly allowed 30 days of visa-free entry.
Flights to TGD: Qatar Airways & Air Serbia

*Last updated 3 Aug 2021.

Switzerland

Entry Requirements: Travellers who have been fully vaccinated are exempt from quarantine and test requirements. They only need a completed entry form along with proof of vaccination. More info here.
Visa: Schengen Visa - Switzerland is currently issuing, but expect delays. 
Flights to ZRH: Qatar Airways, Air France & KLM

*Last updated 3 Aug 2021

France

Entry Requirements: Travellers who have been fully vaccinated 14 days prior to arrival only need proof of that and a sworn affidavid that they have no COVID-19 symptoms. Also keep in mind the Pass Sanitaire requirement. More info here.
Visa: Schengen Visa - Capago is currently issuing French Schengen Visas, but expect delays. 
Flights to PAR: Qatar Airways, Emirates, KLM & Air France


The Pass Sanitaire requires everyone in France to provide proof of vaccination prior to enterine a restaurant, shopping centre or musuem among other locations.

The French government has now set up a system for non-European tourists who are already in France or are arriving on any date up to 15August 2021. The communication stresses that there will be further notifications issued shortly for travellers arriving in France after August 15.


Travellers can apply for a COVID vaccine certificate of equivalence if they meet the following conditions. They may apply if they are already in France or the EU, or intend to go to France before 15 August if:

  • They are from a country that is not a member of the European Union;
  • They are aged 18 or over at September 30, 2021. The Covid certificate is not required for minors aged 12 to 17 years, and minors aged under 12 years old are not subject to COVID certificate requirements;
  • They have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is accepted by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent for over four weeks for a one-dose injection (Johnson & Johnson); seven days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca); seven days after the injection if they have recovered from COVID-19 (in this case, only one dose is necessary).

They will then have to submit the form along with a copy of the vaccination certificate from the country of vaccination, copy of passport and copy of return air ticket (in pdf, jpg or png format) by email to area3.covid-pass@diplomatie.gouv.fr. The email subject line must follow the format: COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE / SURNAME First name / Date of arrival in France in the format DD-MM-21. According to the tourist office, as soon as applications are processed, the traveller will receive an email with a QR code that can be printed out.

*Last updated 12 Aug 2021

Canada

Entry Requirements: From 9 September 2021 travellers who have been fully vaccinated can enter without quarantine requirement. They only need to upload proof of vaccination to Arrive CAN in order to enter. More info here
Visa: A valid Canadian Visa is required.
Flights to YTO: KLMUnited Airlines & Delta Airlines

*Last updated 3 Aug 2021

Mauritius

Entry Requirements: All fully vaccinated travellers can enter Mauritius without the need to quarantine. All travellers will need to present a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Children under 18 years of age do not need to be vaccinated if they are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult. However, they will also need to present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure to Mauritius.

If passengers are travelling before 1 October 2021, they will only be ale to enjoy a hotel holiday and not move around the island freely. Passengers also need to be fully vaccinated and have to present a negative PCR test from 3-7 days prior to the last point of embarkation. Only after a second PCR test on day 7 will you be free to enjoy the island.
Visa: SA passport holders do not require a visa to enter Mauritius for a short-stay.
Flights to MRU: Air Mauritius will resume operations in October

*Last updated 13 September 2021

Iceland

Entry Requirements: Travellers who have been fully vaccinated 14 days prior to arrival by one of the WHO approved vaccines, only need a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours prior to boarding. No test or quarantine will apply on arrival. More info here.
Visa: Schengen Visa - Denmark issues on their behalf, but not currently issuing. Passengers need another valid multi-entry Schengen Visa in order to enter.
Flights to REK: IcelandAir,  Qatar Airway & KLM (It's going to be lengthy flight until the UK opens up)

*Last updated 3 Aug 2021

Germany

Entry Requirements: From August 2021 all fully vaccinated South Africans can enter Germany without the need to quarantine. Travellers need to complete this form and submit vaccination data. More info here.
Visa: Germany is issuing their own Schengen visas through TLS in South Africa.
Flights to FRA: Qatar Airways, Emirates & hopefully Lufthansa soon

*Last updated 3 Aug 2021

Egypt

Entry Requirements: Fully vaccinated South Africans do not need to quarantine on arrival. Travellers do need to complete this health form.
Visa: South Africans require a visa. Egypt is issuing from their Embassy in Pretoria.
Flights to CAI: Ethiopian Airlines & Qatar Airways

*Last updated 3 Aug 2021

 

Other Countries

Abu Dhabi, Bosnia, Croatia (emtry within 210 days of last vaccine), Serbia, Tunisia, Equador, Georgia, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Albania, Norway, Finland, Ireland (with quarantine requirement still in place), Estonia, Lithuania, Colombia, Domincan Republic, Belize, Costa Rica, Zambia, Morocco & El Salvador. Find more here.

*Last updated 3 Aug 2021

Digital Proof of Vaccination

You can digitise your COVID-19 vaccine card here or on this local version to get a QR code, as most countries require a QR code.

Only PCR Test Required

Dubai

Entry Requirements: All travellers to Dubai require two PCR tests. The first test must provide travellers with a valid physical, hard copy of a negative PCR Covid-19 test with a QR code. This test must be issued 48 hours from the time of collecting the sample and within 48 hours to departure. The second test must a rapid test completed at your departure airport within 6 hours prior to departure and no later than 3 hours prior to departure. Travellers also need a physical hard copy of the negative result.
Visa: South African passport holders do need a visa in order to enter Dubai.
Flights to DUX: Emirates offers direct flights.

*Updated 13 September 2021

Seychelles

Entry Requirements: Travellers entering the Seychelles should have a negative PCR test taken maximum 72 hours before departure. They must also have a valid travel health insurance to cover potential COVID-19 related costs (isolation, quarantine, and treatment). You also need authorisation to travel to Seychelles, without which you won't be able to board your flight.

Visa: No visa is required for South African passport holders. Do ensure you have authorisation though.

Flights to SEZ: Air Seychelles

*Updated 13 September 2021.

 

Maldives

Entry Requirements: Passengers only need a negative PCR test no older than 96 hours before departure and a completed health declaration. Travellers will be limited to one resort per island and need to apply for a split-stay to be approved if desired. More info here.
Visa: Visa is issued on arrival and valid for 30 days. 
Flights to MLE: Qatar Airways

Zanzibar

Entry Requirements: Passengers only need a negative COVID PCR test no older than 72 hours and need to complete an online form at least 24 hours prior to arrival. They also need to pay $25 upon entry for a rapid COVID test as part of screening. 
Visa: No visa is required if travelling for leisure for stays  up to 90 days.
Flights to DAR: Kenya Airways & RwandAir

Dubai

Entry Requiremens: Passengers arriving from South Africa must present a printed negative result of a COVID‑19 PCR test issued within 48 hours of the time the sample was collected at an approved health facility. The certificate must contain a QR code. They must also present a negative result (with a QR code) of a rapid PCR test conducted at the departure airport within six hours before departure.
Visa: South Africans need to apply for a visa before departure.
Flights: Emirates has resumed direct flights.

Other Countries

Algeria, Botswana, DRC, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dubai, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda.

Keep In Mind

  • These rules and regulations are subject to change at any moment - therefore it is advisable to check on them at least three times. Once before booking, once before you visa application and finally right before departure.

  • Ensure you are aware of all the cancellation policies, especially if something is non-refundable.

  • Don't forget to check the airline requirements in addition to your final destination, especially if there is a stop-over involved.

  • If you present COVID symptoms, don't pass the screening or test positive for COVID you might still need to quarantine and postpone/ cancel or extend your trip. No airline will accept someone who they suspect has COVID.

  • In general all passengers above the age of 18 years old needs to be fully vaccinated in order to enter a country where vaccination is a requirement. Some countries may lower this age to 12 years. Travellers between the age of 5 -17 can usually accompany vaccinated adults by presenting a negative COVID PCR test no older than 72 hours. Please consult the requirements of your planned destination to confirm entry regulations for minors.

  • Whenever mention is made of "vaccines" it refers to an approved COVID-19 vaccine by either the WHO or the applicable country, depending on the entry regulations of the country you plan on visiting.

  • To be considered "fully vaccinated" passengers need to have received two doses of the applicable vaccine, or one Johnson & Johnson dose, at least 14 days prior to departure and be able to provide proof thereof.

  • South Africans are currently issued with a handwritten card as proof of vaccination, some countries might require this proof to be digital. 

  • Passports still need to be valid for a minimum of three months upon return with two blank pages and passengers need to have valid visas. 

  • All passengers require a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before return to SA in order to enter the country.

  • Travel insurance does not cover mandatory tests and quarantine, although some policies might cover unexpected quarantine and tests if a passenger contracts COVID-19 or believes they might have. 

  • Most countries still require travellers to wear masks and abide by social distancing guidelines despite their vaccination status.

* While we have endeavored to ensure all information is correct at the time of publication, it remains your responsibility to confirm this before booking. The more time that has passed since the information has last been updated, the more likely changes are.

 



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